New Certificate of Registration - 
For Resigned Independent Practice Certificate Holders Who Were Previously Registered in Ontario

Steps to apply for a new certificate of registration

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Step 1

Unless you have successfully completed the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) within the last 5 years, you must have accumulated the required number of practice hours over the previous 5 years (1200 hours).

If you have been out of practice for more than 5 years, you will not have met the requirement and your application will be referred to Registration Committee. The Committee will determine what equivalent requirements are required and if you have the knowledge, skills and judgement to practice.

  • There is no need to report practice hours that are already included on your College record.
  • Please note that practice hours are tracked based on the calendar year, January to December.

Step 2

If you have practiced physiotherapy outside of Ontario since resigning from Ontario, you will need to submit Letters of Professional Standing from each jurisdiction where you have been registered.

This sometimes causes a delay. Timing should be considered as letters must be dated within 6 months of applying to the College.

Step 3

Prepare Your Application:

  • Download and complete all relevant forms including the Checklist and Payment Authorization.

Download Forms

Step 4

Send your application to the College by email, fax, post, or hand deliver.

  • Email:
  • Phone: 416-591-3828 ext. 222 or 1-800-583-5885 ext. 222.
  • Fax: 416-591-3834
  • Mailing address: 375 University Ave. Suite 800, Toronto ON M5G 2J5

Contact Registration

Step 5

Get professional liability insurance—this is mandatory before providing patient care.

If you don’t have professional liability insurance or if your coverage does not meet the College’s requirements a condition will be placed on your certificate and the Public Register will indicate that you cannot provide direct patient care.

Step 6

Within 5 business days of receiving an application the College will send you an email to let you know that your application has been reviewed and whether or not it is complete. An application is complete when all information, payment and documents (including Letters of Professional Standing if applicable) have been received.

  • A $100 fee is charged to review the application

Step 7

Once we inform you that your application is complete, we begin the process of reviewing whether it meets the registration requirements. This process takes up to 10 business days.

Step 8

If you have met the legislative requirements, your pro-rated registration fee will be charged.

You will receive an email confirming this.

If it appears you have not met the College’s requirements your application will be referred to the Registration Committee. This process takes approximately 8-10 weeks. The Registration team will contact you to advise you on the next steps.


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